Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on 18th to 24th May and the focus this year is kindness.
Now is the time, to recognise the strength kindness can bring into our lives and to tap into and trust in our common humanity.
When we focus on kindness, we make a positive impact on ourselves and on each other. We are now, on a daily basis, showing strength in kindness by staying at home and respecting social distancing rules.
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week we want to hear about the acts of kindness happening every day. We want you to share your own actions and those of the people around you - showing strength in kindness towards your community, your household and to yourself. We have created for you a downloadable factsheet and your own 'Act of Kindness' calendar to fill in and share with us what you are celebrating- you can download this below.
Strength in community kindness
Kindness is contagious- By being kind, we also have the opportunity to impact someone else’s day. Something as simple as smiling at others or saying hello can help turn a bad day into a bright day.
- Connect and check in on your friend or neighbour- a simple text to ask how they are, can make a real difference and start a conversation.
- If you can why not give to your local foodbank or local charity.
- Volunteer your time – check in with local organisations who may need support during this time. Even mow your neighbour’s lawn or get some shopping for a family member.
Strength in kindness in your household
Since lockdown began, we have been told, ‘Stay at Home’ and that action in itself is an act of kindness to all those around us. In your household, no matter what your situation, you can create a kind space for people to relax, be honest and connect.
- Talk to your kids about kindness and compassion; spend time telling stories of people who changed the world or make art to bring a smile to your family and friends.
- Take a walk together, stop worrying about the dishes in the sink or the laundry that needs hung. We all know the important link between your mental and physical health, therefore it is important to pause, get some fresh air and just be.
Not every household is a safe space. Nexus NI helpline will offer much needed support, advice and referral for all victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Northern Ireland. You can call on 0808 802 1414.
Strength in kindness to yourself
Being kind is courageous. Have the courage to be kind to yourself as well as others
- Use whatever space and time you have to reach out and connect safely with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours – these simple small acts of kindness are good for your wellbeing.
- Feeling good about yourself, recognising and accepting who you are and what you are great at, all helps boost your confidence. Now more than ever, you should be kind to yourself.
- Reflect on your happy memories, this will trigger a sense of happiness and positive mental thoughts.
- Write down three of your strengths, challenge negative thoughts - self-worth and self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn. Be proud of who you are.
With kindness comes hope, and with hope comes the strength to overcome these hard times together.
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